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Species Plantarum

Myrtus Communis

Blossom period
July through September
Mediterranean Basin

Common myrtle, known as Nerte in the Provence, is an evergreen shrub that is a symbol of Mediterranean landscapes and gardens. It forms a dense, rounded mass of more or less dark green, covered with small, tough, shiny leaves and covered in pure white flowers as light as snowflakes in summer.  The shrub flowers generously in midsummer, from July to September, which is surprising for a plant in a dry climate. Blue-black fruit, attractive to birds, in autumn and winter.